Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
With the popularity of superheroes there is much talk about the modern mythology we’re creating. But the movies aren’t being made about any old superheroes, the most popular heroes are the golden and silver age ones who not only fight evil operating on their own authority, but are motivated by a need to support the weak, to help the poor and generally aspire to lofty, humanitarian goals. These are not the violent vigilantes of modern superhero creation, but the old guard, created not to uphold the status quo, nor to simply destroy criminals, but above all to help the helpless. These are the superheroes that have universal appeal because they embody the dreams of humanity to propagate a healthy future.
Apparently there are journalists who are so naive as to think that the reason more women comic book creators aren’t successful is because they don’t feel comfortable with the aggressive subject matter of superhero comic books. It has been suggested lately by a number of people (who should know better) that the main reason women aren’t well known, mainstream comic book artists, writers and creators is because women prefer stories about their feelings with more dialogue and less action.
In the next few days it will not only be Thanksgiving but also my birthday, so I’ve decided to create my own unconventional creator/superhero wishlist. On previous Thanksgivings I have asked diverse comic book creators about what they’re thankful for and discussed my own gratitude for comics, but this year I’m taking a different direction and writing about what I’d like to see.
Last week I wrote about the last few hours at Comic-Con International, and how much artistic love got packed into those last precious hours in San Diego. This week I want to give you the rundown on the crazy day-to-day experience of the convention, and a of the few odd events which made the days so rich.
At times it seems as if writing a comic about an established character is some sort of twisted game. Writers are asked to not only write compelling storylines, but also honor the existing character of the heroes depicted, have them speak with their own voice and language, and behave as people expect them to. While I love the freedom my favorite writers get when they create their own characters, I’m much more curious to read how they deal with well established characters. Continue Reading »
I’m as suprised as you, but Bill Mitchell did it, and it’s up there. It’s a retrospective not just on Waid’s career but his life in comics, starting with the first one he ever read, detailing how he went from writing about comics for Amazing Heroes to becoming a superstar writer in his own right. You get background info on the creation of Kingdom Come and his Flash run. He also talks about the problems he ran in to working at Crossgen, Bill Jemas’s Marvel, and Dan Didio’s DC, including the fact that Didio wasn’t a fan of one of Waid’s (among others) biggest recent projects:
EIC Dan Didio, who first championed the concept, hated what we were doing. H-A-T-E-D 52. Would storm up and down the halls telling everyone how much he hated it. And Steve, God bless him, kept us out of the loop on that particular drama. Siglain, having less seniority, was less able to do so, and there’s one issue of 52 near the end that was written almost totally by Dan and Keith Giffen because none of the writers could plot it to Dan’s satisfaction. Which was and is his prerogative as EIC, but man, there’s little more demoralizing than taking the ball down to the one-yard line and then being benched by the guy who kept referring to COUNTDOWN as “52 done right.”
It’s a hell of an interview, and thanks to the Savage Critic’s David Uzumeri for pointing it out in his review of Detective Comics #853, which certainly has the best use of MMA slogans in a Batman comic review I’ve ever see.
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